New snack company buys former Snyder's-Lance plant in Perry

Posted at 4:45 PM, Mar 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-08 09:03:39-05

PERRY, Fla. (WTXL) - Last September, Snyders-Lance closed its plant in Perry as part of the snack company's reconfiguration.

A new company has now bought the snack plant and is ready to boost the local economy.

Miami-based Amrouch Snacks & Candy finalized the sale of the former Snyder's-Lance plant this week.

County officials say more than 100 jobs were lost when Snyder's-Lance closed the plant, but Amrouch plans to start bringing some of those jobs back.

Initially, the company will bring 40 jobs -- with the potential for more in the future.

County Administrator Ted Lakey said the business will re-energize a local workforce that's already trained.

"When you're a small county, and there's a limited number of places to work, people do want to work in their own county where they live," Lakey said. "I think that's the most important consideration here. The jobs are local. They don't have to drive to Tallahassee or drive to another community to find a good job."

The Taylor County Development Authority, Perry city council, and other local leaders played key roles in attracting Amrouch to do business there.

On Facebook, the city posted it's "honored" to have the business as a neighbor and "part of the fabric" of the community.

Amrouch will hold a job fair on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the plant on 700 West Lance Drive. The company is asking job-seekers to have their resumes with them.